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Over $2.3 billion in savings possible on Oregon electric bills by growing wind energy

Oregon households and businesses will keep more money in their pockets if the state continues to grow wind energy resources, according to new data released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF). The new data underscores the opportunity presented by a current legislative proposal to raise Oregon’s renewable … Continue reading Over $2.3 billion in savings possible on Oregon electric bills by growing wind energy

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Major utility: Cutting carbon with wind, solar “a good business plan”

Beth Soholt is the Executive Director of Wind on the Wires, AWEA’s Midwest regional partner. Wind on the Wires concentrates on the technical aspects of connecting wind farms to the transmission grid, and delivering wind energy to cities and towns in nine states from Illinois to North Dakota.  Xcel Energy recently said it plans to … Continue reading Major utility: Cutting carbon with wind, solar “a good business plan”

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BCSE Factbook: Sustainable energy transforming America’s energy mix

American wind power is helping the transition to cleaner, more sustainable, low-cost sources of electricity in the U.S. energy mix, according to a new report out today. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released their 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, showing American energy productivity has increased by … Continue reading BCSE Factbook: Sustainable energy transforming America’s energy mix

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Support mounting for Oregon plan to eliminate coal, increase renewables

The Oregon state legislature is currently considering a bill that would eliminate coal from the state’s energy mix while increasing its Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2040. The initiative, called the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan (House Bill4036), has wide variety of supporters, ranging from the Sierra Club to utilities Pacific Power … Continue reading Support mounting for Oregon plan to eliminate coal, increase renewables

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Renewable energy is the lowest-cost Clean Power Plan compliance solution

Renewable energy accounts for virtually all of the new generation additions in the lowest-cost solution for complying with Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), according to new economic modeling using a Department of Energy tool. The analysis predicts that states and utilities will move quickly over the next few years to use renewable … Continue reading Renewable energy is the lowest-cost Clean Power Plan compliance solution

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Ask a candidate: do you support wind power?

When Patricia Scalabrini went to hear Donald Trump speak in her home state of Iowa, she never dreamed she would actually get to ask him a question. However, she ended up making national news by asking the presidential candidate about wind energy. Patricia’s husband works at TPI Composites, a wind turbine manufacturer in Newton, IA … Continue reading Ask a candidate: do you support wind power?

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes on renewable energy requirement foes

Ohio governor and presidential candidate John Kasich offered strong words of support for Ohio’s renewable energy requirement laws today. Passed in 2008, Ohio’s law required that 25 percent of the state’s electricity be generated with “alternative technologies” by 2025. However, in 2014 Gov. Kasich signed a bill that froze the requirement for two years. Now … Continue reading Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes on renewable energy requirement foes

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U.S. wind power sees second strongest quarter in history, ready for 2016

The fourth quarter numbers are in, and they are impressive: the U.S. wind industry recorded its second strongest quarter in history. Combined with the best policy certainty it’s ever known, American wind is poised for a take-off. Fourth quarter results 5,001 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity were installed during the fourth quarter of 2015. More … Continue reading U.S. wind power sees second strongest quarter in history, ready for 2016

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American wind energy industry installed 5,001 megawatts (MW) during the fourth quarter of 2015

The American wind industry installed 5,001 megawatts (MW) during the fourth quarter of 2015, more installations than in all of 2014, according to data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today. Overall in 2015 the American wind industry installed 8,598 MW, the third largest amount ever installed in a year and a 77 … Continue reading American wind energy industry installed 5,001 megawatts (MW) during the fourth quarter of 2015

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Billions in benefits from adding more electric power transmission

Savings on producing electricity are just the start of the benefits to regions that expand their electrical transmission, according to an impressive new study issued today in Little Rock, Ark., by the Southwest Power Pool, which supplies 14 states across the central U.S. Fuel cost savings alone totaled $240 million in the first year, from … Continue reading Billions in benefits from adding more electric power transmission

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Protecting our most precious resource: water

California’s ongoing drought serves as a stark reminder that water may well be our most precious resource. Luckily, wind power helps conserve billions of gallons every year. In 2013 alone, wind saved over 35 billion gallons of water. To put that into perspective, that works out to 120 gallons per person, or the equivalent of … Continue reading Protecting our most precious resource: water

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Clean Power Plan overcomes first legal challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently issued a major ruling on the Clean Power Plan, deciding a stay of the rule was not warranted. Here’s a roundup of what people are saying about the announcement. The New York Times “We are pleased that the court has rejected petitioners’ attempts to … Continue reading Clean Power Plan overcomes first legal challenge

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Governors’ coalition teams up wind energy and solar power to advance renewable energy across U.S.

After seven years of promoting the benefits of adding wind energy to the U.S. electricity mix, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition announced today it will pair its advocacy work for wind with work for solar energy as well. The change is reflected in the group’s new name, the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSC). … Continue reading Governors’ coalition teams up wind energy and solar power to advance renewable energy across U.S.

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Wind power: Cleaner air and healthier communities

We all want to be sure that our communities are safe, clean places to make our homes and raise our families. A new report presents real-world findings that wind power helps make this possible. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that renewable energy saved between $2.6 and $9.9 … Continue reading Wind power: Cleaner air and healthier communities

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President’s State of the Union wind energy cost claim true

During the President’s final State of the Union address last night, Obama laid out progress made by renewable energy in the U.S. since he took office – including wind energy. Specifically, the president stated “In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power.” Fact check columnists and bloggers were … Continue reading President’s State of the Union wind energy cost claim true

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The state of American wind power grows stronger in 2016

As Americans turn from their busy lives to watch President Obama’s final State of the Union address, I’ve been reflecting on the growing momentum in wind energy over the last seven years. If there’s one thing they need to know it’s this: American wind power has more than tripled in size and costs one-third as … Continue reading The state of American wind power grows stronger in 2016

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